2020 Acura MDX Release Date, Specs and Review

Offering familiar performance, value and comfort is the new Acura MDX 2020. It should rank atop your priority list in case you are shopping in the three-row luxury crossovers segment. Some of the pros include excellent crash-test scores, good fuel economy ratings, adept handling, plenty of features for the money, and a confident acceleration. Its release date should be expected January next year.

For 2020, buyers should expect a slew of new features including an updated all-wheel-drive system, standard nine-speed auto transmission system, an easy-entry driver seat, auto stop-start, lightweight body, better handling, an optional suite of safety technologies, and Siri Eyes Free voice.

With a reputation for reliability, a strong resale value, and a reasonable price tag, the new 2020 Acura MDX has attracted a significant chunk of buyers looking for a three-row luxury crossover. It offers numerous updates over the previous model spread in all facets of its design language.

2020 Acura MDX back
2020 Acura MDX back

Its driving dynamics remain top-notch. You’ll find it surprisingly athletic particularly when driving around turns. Also, at top speeds the cabin is serene as it comes with effective sound-deadening materials.

In a nutshell, this well-made, versatile and feature-rich equipped 2020 Acura MDX is undeniably the most sensible choice for anyone shopping in the mid-size luxury crossover segment. However, it comes with a slew of depressing features which might work against it. They include a modest cargo space, less luxurious feel, and subpar tech interface graphics.

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Other popular choices available in the same segment include 2020 Volvo XC90, 2020 Audi Q7, 2020 BMW X5, 2020 Honda Pilot, and the spacious and well-equipped 2020 Infiniti QX60.

Acura MDX – Available Trims

The seven-passenger 2020 Acura MDX SUV comes in a single trim available with a variety of upgrades grouped in terms of optional packages. The 2020 Acura MDX Hybrid is reviewed separately.

2020 Acura MDX Exterior Pictures & Interior Spy Photos

2020 Acura MDX Spy Shots

Standard accessories available for the Acura MDX 2020 include driver memory settings, automatic climate control (tri-zone), heated eight-way power front seats, 18” wheels, LED automatic headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and power exterior mirrors. Technology highlights include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, twin dashboard displays, a multi-angle rearview camera, an iPod/USB interface, Siri Eyes Free voice controls, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, Pandora and Aha compatibility, and an eight-speaker sound system.

The AcuraWatch Plus package adds cruise control, automatic braking, forward collision alert, road departure mitigation, and lane-keeping assist.

The MDX Technology package adds a 10-speaker sound system, 19” alloy wheels, automatic mitigation braking, a color driver information center, a navigation system, HD and satellite radio, lane-departure warning system, rear-door keyless entry, solar-sensing climate control, rear-door keyless entry, and voice controls.

The Entertainment trim level which builds upon what the Technology package offers comes with AcuraWatch Plus, a 110V power outlet, 9” touchscreen display, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, rear heated seats, and aft door window sunshades.

2020 Acura MDX front
2020 Acura MDX front

The Advance trim level bundles everything both the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages come with plus an auto-dimming sideview mirrors, second-row heated seats, front passenger power lumbar, automatic engine stop-start, roof rails, upgraded leather upholstery, remote engine start, and perforated front seats.

2020 Acura MDX interior
2020 Acura MDX interior

Combining the respective features of both the Entertainment and Advance trim are the two lower trim’s packages and add an HDMI input, 12-speaker sound system, unique exterior colors, an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system, and a 16.2” infotainment screen.

Engine Specs – 2020 Acura MDX

The new Acura MDX for 2020 comes with a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 290 hp and 267 pounds of torque under its hood. The front wheel drive is standard, as is the nine-speed automatic transmission system, while the SH-all-wheel-drive system is optionally available.

2020 Acura MDX engine

Fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings stand at 19/27/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the front-wheel-drive system, and 20/27/23 mpg with the stop-start feature present on the Advance package.

The all-wheel-drive configured 2020 Acura MDX return 19/26/22 mpg with the Advance package, and 18/26/21 mpg in standard form. During our test drive, the SH-AWD MDX went from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Price & 2020 Acura MDX Release Date

The base 2020 Acura MDX will cost an MSRP starting from $42,865, the AcuraWatch Plus package – $44,365, SH-AWD – $44,865, the SH-AWD w/AcuraWatch Plus package – $46,365, and the range-topping 2020 Acura MDX with Technology package – an MSRP of $47,290.

2020 Acura MDX release date
2020 Acura MDX release date

Release date wise, the vehicle should debut sometime early next year, according to rumors.

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2017 Acura ILX Release Date, Specs and Info

The new and updated 2017 Acura ILX could be seen as a sensible choice for a compact luxury sedan at first glance. However, the segment offers plenty of better alternatives despite the significant changes and updates that the 2017 version comes with. Also, expect a generous list of standard features, rear seat for its class, and a low base price. We should expect its release date in the middle of 2017.

2017 Acura ILX
2017 Acura ILX

New features that will most certainly debut for the new model year include some additional torque, a multi-view back-up camera, adaptive cruise control, rear-cross traffic alert, a standard 2.4L engine, new LED headlights, and front and rear end treatments.

Despite the continuous improvements and upgrades Acura has made to the ILX ever since its first debut, the model has been unable to make a standout moment for itself, and has lagged behind some of its traditional rivals. This was attributed to a sluggish powertrain and few available safety features that could match those of its competitors.

But things are set to change with the new 2017 Acura ILX as those concerns have been dealt with exhaustively. For newbies, the ILX will derive its inspiration from a new four-cylinder 2.4L engine as opposed to the previous 2.0L base engine. And to add icing on the cake, the vehicle still comes competitively priced over its other rivals.

Numerous foibles still persist nevertheless. For instance, the quality of the cabin materials might not meet your expectation. In a nut shell, the ILX compares similarly to a well-equipped Honda. Naturally, you’d want to look at other alternatives the segment offers. They include Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, 2017 Audi A3, and 2017 Ford Fusion.

Acura ILX – Available Trims

The new 2017 Acura ILX is available in six trim levels inform of equipment levels: base, AcuraWatch Plus Package, A-Spec package, Premium package, Premium and A-Spec package, and the top-of-the-range Technology Plus package. The 2017 Acura ILX Type S is reviewed separately.

Interior Spy Photos & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Acura ILX

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Standard equipment available for the base 2017 Acura ILX trim includes an eight-way power driver seat, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, 17” wheels, smartphone app integration, automatic climate control, a USB/iPod audio interface, a multi-view rearview camera, leatherette upholstery, a fold-down rear seatback, heated front seats, a 5” infotainment system, a 6-speaker sound system, automatic LED headlights, Pandora radio and Siri Eyes Free integration, and sunroof.

2017 Acura ILX interior
2017 Acura ILX interior

With the AcuraWatch package-equipped model expect to get lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, a frontal collision warning system, and blind-spot warning system.

Opting for the Premium package gets you an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear cross traffic alerts, Aha and satellite radio smartphone app integration, an 8” information display, leather front seats, a seven-speaker sound system, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors.

At the top of the food chain is the Technology Plus package that build upon what the AcuraWatch Plus package offers and adds voice commands, 10-apeaker sound system, a rearview camera, and a navigation system.

Also, you can add the A-Spec package to both the Technology Plus and Premium packages to get simulated suede seats, 18” wheels, contrast stitching, and a rear spoiler.

Engine Specs – 2017 Acura ILX

2017 Acura ILX EngineA 2.4L engine powers the needs of the base 2017 Acura ILX rated at 202 horsepower and 180 pounds of torque. The only transmission system offered is an eight-speed automatic, however, it functions like a conventional automatic despite technically being an automated manual transmission system.

According to EPA ratings, expect them to stand at 26/35/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Its 0-60 mph acceleration stands at segment-average 6.9 seconds.

Safety wise, the ILX will come standard with a rearview camera, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, and stability and traction control. Optionally provided are road departure mitigation system, automatic braking, frontal collision warning system, and collision mitigation systems.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Acura ILX

As for the price of the ILX coupe models, expect the base to cost you an MSRP starting from $27,900, the AcuraWatch Plus Package – $29,200, the Premium Package – $29,900, the premium and A-Spec package – $31,890, the Technology Plus Package – $32,900, and the top-of-the-line $34,890.

The release date on the other hand isn’t known but should be expected in the middle of 2017.

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2017 Acura RDX Release Date, News & Specs

With ample legroom, fuel-efficient V6, competitive price, and lengthy standard features, the new 2017 Acura RDX undoubtedly offers buyers a solid choice for their hard-earned cash. Its release date should be expected in the fall of 2017.

A first for the RDX include a new optional touchscreen interface, brightened interior, freshened LED taillights and headlights, and grille. Others include a blind-spot monitoring system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic wipers.

Boasting a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the RDX made an unprecedented rebound onto the scene as Acura’s high-tech wonder kid. However, it didn’t resonate well as Acura had hoped for, so three years ago, the Acura design engineers put in extra effort to make it a conventional small luxury crossover. AS expected, the RDX quickly became the trending model for Acura and even ranks highly on our favorite list.


For 2017, the trend is expected to continue judging from the changes and redesigns that have been made on the vehicle. To start off with, it comes with high-tech driving aides previously a reserve for luxury-branded vehicles, and which was conspicuously missing on the previous RDX models. Also, we are pleased to see top-rated safety features, for instance, a blind-spot monitor, a forward collision warning system, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control.

And apart from the added high-tech features, we still like some unique features previously available on the RDX. On offer this year, is a lone engine that offers better EPA fuel economy ratings thanks in part to the cylinder deactivation system. Interior wise, things only get better, it comes with a comfortable and spacious cabin that makes every day driving a pleasurable experience.


Despite this review holding the RDX in high regards, it still comes with some few faults just as any vehicle we have reviewed. For instance, some of its traditional rivals still offer a more prestigious and sporty driving experience. They include 2017 BMW X1 and BMW X3, 2017 Audi Q5, and 2017 Volvo XC60.

Available Trims – Acura RDX

As already mentioned, the small-luxury RDX SUV comes in only one well-equipped trim model.

2017 Acura RDX Exterior Review & Interior Configurations

For 2017, three optional packages have been provided: Technology, AcuraWatch, and Advance packages.
Standard features and accessories available for the RDX include an eight-way power driver’s seat, premium leather upholstery, a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, 18” wheels, satellite and HD radio, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 5” infotainment system, a seven-speaker sound system, keyless entry and ignition, Siri Eyes Free, Pandora internet radio, seven-speaker sound system, a sunroof, and automatic headlights.


The AcuraWatch Plus package adds lane intervention and warning system, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and forward collision warning system.

The Technology package bundles voice commands, an eight-way power front passenger seat, a 10-speaker Acura/ELS sound system, leather upholstery, Aha compatibility, HD radio, and a 7” infotainment screen.

Finally, the Advance package bundled all the contents of the above two packages plus automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, automatic wipers, foglights, and remote engine start.


Engine Specs – 2017 Acura RDX

Rated at 280 horsepower and 252 pounds of torque is a 3.5L V6 engine. The six-speed automatic transmission system is standard, as is the front-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive system is available as an option.
During our own conducted 2017 Acura RDX test drive, the all-wheel-drive version was able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Its fuel economy for this class can be considered rather impressive. It returns 20/30/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the 2WD RDX, and 19/28/22 mpg for the AWD-equipped RDX.


2017 Acura RDX Release Date & Price

Its release date should be expected in the fall of 2017, according to very reliable sources party to Acura RDX’s operations. As for its price. Expect it to set you back by an MSRP starting from $37,078.

In overall, the vehicle has some laudable achievements. It’s handling and steering feels right and changes direction with confidence and poise. We highly recommend this vehicle, and would still make an affordable alternative to its overly priced rivals like the 2017 Lexus RX.

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